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Business Bootcamp

6 days of transformational learning for your interior design business.
Be more organised. Feel more confident. Earn more money.

April 2021

Overview

Be more organised. Feel more confident. Earn more money.

  • 6 days of transformational learning

  • Tools and templates that will shape your future success

  • Inspirational examples that will show you how to apply these lessons to real life scenarios

  • Coaching to answer your pressing questions

Whether you’re starting up a design business, or looking to solidify your current processes, our 6 day Business Boot Camp is a sure-fire way to accelerate your professional growth and transform the way you do business.

When you sign up to our Boot Camp, you’re fast tracking years of learning. Most designers operate via the old method of trial and error where poor choices result in mistakes that can have a lasting and damaging effect on profitability and reduce the joy in your work life.

Our tried and tested systems and processes will give you an instant hack into a more professional and profitable way of doing business. Our tools and templates will elevate your offering and help you deliver happy clients and successful project outcomes, time after time.

It’s a tough job running a business, so we want to make sure you are equipped with all the foundations to help you thrive.

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Schedule

Day 1 - The Initial Consultation 
Thursday 15th April 2021 
4pm – 6pm

Day 2 - Systems for Success
Friday 16th April 2021
9am – 4.30pm
 

Day 3 - Fees & Margins
Saturday 17th April 2021
9am – 4.30pm

Day 4 - NEW! Managing Project Finances
Friday 23rd April 2021
9am – 4.30pm

Day 5 - Kitchen Design
Saturday 24th April 2021
9am – 4.30pm

Day 6- Group Coaching
Monday 26th April 2021 
4pm – 6pm

 

Already attended one of these sessions before? At checkout you can select which classes you'd like to attend instead. Note that the 2 Hour Group Coaching - Day 6 is only available to those who book the package.

Day 1:
The Initial Consultation

The first meeting with a client is incredibly important, for many reasons. Not only is it an opportunity to get to know them and discuss their project, it’s your chance to let them know you mean business. The only way to do this (and stand out from the pack) is to explain to them, and sell them, on your process.

This meeting is your chance to nail the scope. A Scope of Work is the foundation of everything we do as designers, from the first meeting with the client through to completion of the project. It’s a valuable tool for all parties involved, including the client, your design team and the trades involved.

In this LIVE & ONLINE class, you will learn:
 

  • How to “qualify” new leads to make sure they are the right client for you

  • How to sell the Initial Consultation to your clients

  • What you need to do to be properly prepared for that meeting

  • What you need to cover off in that meeting

  • How to create a Rock-Solid Scope of Work

  • Tips to convert more Initial Consultations into full scope projects

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Day 2 :
Systems for Success

Do you struggle to manage the flow of work on a project? Are your clients taking the lead and forcing you to be reactive rather than proactive? Do you find that you’re attracting the same sort of micro-managing clients time and time again? Are you terrified of growing your team for fear of being discovered as a fraud?

You are not alone! Most designers struggle to manage projects efficiently due to a lack of effective, consistent systems. In this class we will teach you how to create systems and will transform the way you view your business! Learn how to take charge of a project and set clear expectations. We will provide you with systems that will ensure excellent project outcomes and happy clients.

In this LIVE & ONLINE class, you will learn how to:
 

  • Be more professional in your approach to design

  • Utilise systems and processes to increase efficiency and profitability

  • Customise systems and processes for your business

  • Effectively set and manage client expectations

  • Maximise your profitability

  • Grow your business through effective delegation

  • Streamline your payment process for better cash flow

  • Utilise sound tools and templates to optimise your systems
     

Also included:

  • Activities to strengthen your understanding of these principles

  • A real-life case study to demonstrate the project process from beginning to end

  • A real-life case study to analyse when things go well, and when things go wrong!

Day 3 :

Fees & Margins

Are you an established designer, tired of working hard to barely cover your costs? Did the “joy” of working as a designer die a long time ago?

Or are you new to the industry and have no idea what to charge?

Do you feel nervous even thinking about the idea of adding a margin to the products that you recommend to your clients?

In this LIVE & ONLINE class we will equip you with the skills, knowledge and templates to start to charge what you deserve to be earning, and set you up to run a successful and profitable business that brings you great joy!
 

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Understand methods of charging for design services

  • Access proven methods for adding margin to products

  • Choose the best methods of charging to suit your business

  • Create a comprehensive fee estimate (including a proven and effective template)

  • Communicate your fees and margins clearly

  • Track your hours to be more accountable

  • Set up processes for efficient billing

  • Increase your profitability

  • Truly believe in your worth
     

Also included:

  • Activities to strengthen your understanding of these principles

  • A real-life case study to show how to go from a scope of work to an accurate fee estimate

  • A real-life case study to analyse one of the methods of applying a margin to products

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Day 4 :

NEW! Managing Project Finances

Are you terrified of discussing money with a client?

Do you struggle to get your clients to nominate a budget?

Do you avoid talking about the project costs due to a fear of losing the job?

Have you ever lost the trust of a client because of a blow-outs in costs?

 

Most designers struggle to feel confident talking about anything other than the design outcomes, but experience has taught us that all clients care about how much the project will cost (even if they don’t tell you!).

We have the opportunity to win the trust of our clients from the outset by reassuring them that we are just as interested in managing the project finances as we are about the design.

 

Join our DesignLab full day session to learn how to confidently and professionally estimate project costs, communicate these costs effectively to the clients and update them as variations occur.

 

In this LIVE & ONLINE class, you will learn how to:
 

  • Talk about money with confidence

  • Establish what the client feels comfortable spending, from the outset

  • Create a detailed preliminary budget outlining the likely costs associated with the project

  • Update this budget to manage the clients expectations

  • Utilise the budget to make specification more efficient

  • Keep abreast of variations to costs throughout the project

  • Win the trust and loyalty of your clients

Day 5 :
Kitchen Design

The kitchen is the heart of the home and is probably the single largest cost item in a project budget. Hence, designing a kitchen from scratch can be a daunting task.

Kitchen Design : Basic We will share with you the basics from which you can create a functional and beautiful design for your clients.

Kitchen Design : Advanced Taking your designs to the next level takes attention to detail and a good grasp of the basics. With the right budget and a good team to back you, an immaculate kitchen project can elevate your business to a new level.


 

In this LIVE & ONLINE class you will learn how to:
 

  • Review the process for designing a kitchen

  • Outline the costs that need to be considered

  • Look at how best to document your design

  • Outline the basic ergonomic and practical considerations to cover

  • Review basic materials and the cost implications of your choices

  • Understand the role of each trade

  • Look at two real life examples

  • Review advanced design detailing

  • Analyse the importance of form and function

  • Look at fittings and fixtures to elevate your designs

  • Suggest materiality that can give a premium finish to the project

  • Outline the costs that need to be considered

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Day 6 :
Small Group Coaching

After a day to complete your workbooks and get some rest, we get together for one last session.
 

Here we will answer your questions about how the new learnings might apply to you and your work situation. This is your chance to bring us real life scenarios that you are struggling with and get on-the-spot coaching.
 

No question is too small (or big) on this day that is ALL ABOUT YOU.

Note : This session is only open to Designers who sign up to the whole program.

Time & Location

Day 1 - The Initial Consultation 
Thursday 15th April 2021 
4pm – 6pm

Day 2 - Systems for Success
Friday 16th April 2021
9am – 4.30pm
 

Day 3 - Fees & Margins
Saturday 17th April 2021
9am – 4.30pm

Day 4 - NEW! Managing Project Finances
Friday 23rd April 2021
9am – 4.30pm

Day 5 - Kitchen Design
Saturday 24th April 2021
9am – 4.30pm

Day 6 - Group Coaching
Monday 26th April 2021 
4pm – 6pm


For daily times refer to schedule above

Presented online via Zoom

Inclusions

  • Complimentary E-Book Summary

  • Proven tools and templates

  • Follow up email support

Suitability

Interior Designers, Decorators, Architects and Students. Beginners to Advanced.

Beginners who want to learn the foundations.

Advanced designers who need to refine their current practices.

Price

Save 20% by signing up to the whole course: $2,160

Full price without discount: $2,700


Day 1 - The Initial Consultation : $250

Day 2 - Systems for Success: $550

Day 3 - Fees & Margins $550

Day 4 - Managing Project Finances - $550

Day 5 - Kitchen Design : $550
Day 6 - Small Group Coaching : $250 (only open to designers who sign up to the whole course)


Already attended one of these sessions before? At checkout you can select which classes you'd like to attend instead.

Note that the 2 Hour Group Coaching - Day 6 is only available to those who book the package.

Book

To book this event you first need to become a TDC Member (for free) which allows you access to our online booking system.